Iceland: ridge, plume and basalt: Track 1

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Why is Iceland the fastest growing island in the North Atlantic? Why is Iceland on dry land? Dr Dave McGarvie takes us on a geographically complex field trip to discover Iceland's new land. McGarvie explains how different types of basalts eruptions help build the crust of Iceland. This material forms part of The Open University course S339, Understanding the continents.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 25 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 13th April 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Geology
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Track 1: Iceland: ridge, plume and basalt

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Iceland: ridge, plume and basalt    A short introduction to this album. Play now Iceland: ridge, plume and basalt
2 Volcanism in the western riftzone    Basalt, Icelands basic building block of the western rift zone Play now Volcanism in the western riftzone
3 Tectonic forces    Evidence of Icelands crustal stretching. Play now Tectonic forces
4 Volcanism in the eastern riftzone    Examining Icelands 1480AD fissure eruption. Play now Volcanism in the eastern riftzone
5 New land on the Island of Vestmannaeyjar    Why is new land being created so far away from the spreading ridge? Play now New land on the Island of Vestmannaeyjar
6 Why is Iceland on dry land?    Iceland is the fastest growing ocean island in the North Atlantic, but why is it above water? Play now Why is Iceland on dry land?